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Receivers Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Rob Ianello, tight ends coach the past two years at the University of Wisconsin, has been named receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Notre Dame on the football coaching staff of new Irish head coach Charlie Weis.
Ianello was named Wisconsin's tight ends coach prior to the 2003 season following nine years on the Arizona football staff - all nine seasons as recruiting coordinator (1994-2002) and the last six as wide receivers coach.
He helped the Badgers to postseason bowl contests each of the last two years - including a 7-6 record and Music City Bowl appearance following the '03 campaign and a 9-3 mark and Outback Bowl slot in '04. Wisconsin in '04 won its first nine games (tying a Badger record for consecutive wins) and ranked fourth in both national polls at that point (its highest ranking since 2000) and eventually finished 17th in the final Associated Press poll.
Promoted to the position of Arizona passing game coordinator just before coming to Wisconsin, Ainello coached '02 Pacific-10 receiving leader Bobby Wade, who caught 93 passes for 1,389 yards and eight touchdowns. Wade teamed with Andrae Thurman for 154 catches in 2002, the most in Arizona history by a receiving duo.
The Wildcats' 1998 squad was 12-1, finished as the Pac-10 runnerup, ranked fourth nationally and defeated Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. That team's offense was the first in Pac-10 history to register five straight games of 500 yards or more of total offense. Arizona's '99 offense ranked first in the Pac-10 and third nationally (Dennis Northcutt caught 88 passes, then a school record) at 472.9 yards per game.
Ianello was the on-campus recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin from 1990-91 and the recruiting coordinator for the Badgers from 1992-93. It was during those years that Wisconsin built its 1994 Rose Bowl and Big Ten Conference co-champion squad (the Badgers finished fifth in the final '93 CNN/USA Today poll).
Prior to joining Barry Alvarez's first staff at Wisconsin, Ianello was assistant recruiting coordinator with head coach Bill Curry at Alabama in 1988-89 (the Crimson Tide shared the '89 Southeastern Conference title and earned a Sugar Bowl berth). That staff signed 17 of the eventual 22 starters on Alabama's '92 national championship team. Ianello was a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide in 1987 on an Alabama team that earned a Hall of Fame Bowl invitation.
In 1999 Ianello was named one of the top 10 recruiters in the nation by ESPN.com and one of the top six recruiters in the country by The Sporting News.
Ianello was elected to the board of trustees of the American Football Coaches Association in January of '03 (the only assistant coach on the board). The board formulates policy and provides direction for the AFCA. Ianello also chairs the AFCA's assistant coaches committee and is the general chairman of the AFCA's all-division assistant coaches committee.
A native of Port Chester, N.Y., Robert S. Ianello is a 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in English. He and his wife, the former Denise Dove (now in her second year as an assistant women's basketball coach at Wisconsin after serving as associate head coach at Arizona), have one son, Zachary.
The Rob Ianello File Year School/Team Assignment
1987 Alabama (7-5, Hall of Fame Bowl) Graduate Assistant
1988 Alabama (9-3, Sun Bowl champ, #17) Assistant Recruiting Coordinator
1989 Alabama (10-2, Sugar Bowl, #9) Assistant Recruiting Coordinator
1990 Wisconsin On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator
1991 Wisconsin On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator
1992 Wisconsin Recruiting Coordinator
1993 Wisconsin (10-1-1, Rose Bowl champ, #6) Recruiting Coordinator
1994 Arizona (8-4, Freedom Bowl, #20) Recruiting Coordinator
1995 Arizona (6-5) Recruiting Coordinator
1996 Arizona Recruiting Coordinator
1997 Arizona (7-5, Insight.com Bowl champ) Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
1998 Arizona (12-1, Holiday Bowl champ, #4) Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
1999 Arizona (6-6) Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
2000 Arizona Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
2001 Arizona Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
2002 Arizona Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
2003 Wisconsin (7-6, Music City Bowl) Tight Ends
2004 Wisconsin (9-3, Outback Bowl, #17) Tight Ends